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The Reds are probably breathing a sigh of relief at the moment. They won't have to worry about the Cubs scoring any runs this weekend as they blew through their weekly run allowance yesterday in a 15-3 defeat of the Brewers.

The Cubs finally broke their pattern of failing to hit with men in scoring position as they went 8-for-12 in that department.

In the 6-run sixth, they chased Brewers starting pitcher Manny Parra by bating around. They got RBI singles from Geovany Soto (5 RBI on the day), Blake DeWitt (4 RBI) and Jeff Baker before Aramis Ramirez capped the inning with a 3-run pinch homer off Todd Coffey.

I know we're all more than thrilled the Cubs won yesterday, because we still care with such fervor about the rest of this season. One more fervor-building announcement was made yesterday.

Manager Lou Piniella announced Wednesday that Zambrano will start Monday night in San Francisco. It will be the 29-year-old right-hander's first start since June 25, when a dugout tirade at U.S. Cellular Field landed him a suspension and into treatment for anger-management issues.

I'm sure you're all wondering how Big Z is feeling about this.

"I feel good," he said. "It's time to do some work, man, believe me. Like I said before, I've been hard on myself and I've been dedicated this last month to come back and be the best again, be one of the top in the National League. I'm working on that. Hopefully, everything comes through, and I pitch good."

Zambrano threw 53 pitches Sunday in a 2-inning relief appearance at Colorado. He pitched 1 inning out of the bullpen Wednesday.

The zip looks to be back on his fastball.

"Very good," he said of the way he feels. "It's not the same when you can challenge people with 95 (mph) than with 89. When you throw 95, when you throw 96, you have a little advantage. My arm feels good. My body feels good. I lost a little more weight, and I think that will help me."



Paul Sullivan is starting a campaign for the NY ROY candidacy of Starlin Castro.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has emerged as a serious Rookie of the Year candidate, hitting .432 since July 10, including a 4-for-5 afternoon in Wednesday's 15-3 victory over the Brewers.

While the Braves' Jason Heyward virtually was conceded the award in the first half, he has been slowed by a thumb injury while Castro has gotten hot, hiking his average to .318 with five triples and 20 doubles. Aramis Ramirez said Castro should have a realistic shot.

"He has better numbers than anybody," Ramirez said. "(Others) just have more homers."

And who knew that Ryan Dempster would be so heartbroken to see Ted Lilly traded? Seems like a serious case of man crush. Cue Linda Rondstadt and James Ingram singing "Somewhere Out There" while you read this excerpt.

''With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he was and what a competitor he was, probably more than anything,'' Dempster (9-8) said after six muggy innings without allowing an earned run to beat the Milwaukee Brewers and end the Cubs' seven-game losing streak.

''I always thought I was the most competitive person out there. I never thought I'd find anybody more competitive until I met him.''

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'I know they got somebody pretty special over there, and hopefully someday down the road, I'll have the chance to play with him again,'' Dempster said, ''because you don't find too many guys like that out there.''

"Somewhere out there, out where dreams come true..."

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Cubs Psychologist said:

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Carl, you are on a roll with today's title. I do appreciate the Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram suggestion. However, I was hearing more of Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" as I read.

millertime said:

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Did Todd Coffey do that stupid thing where he sprints out to the mound?

thisyearcub said:

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Sorry Ryan, but Ted's gone to "A Whole New Worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrld"

sloan peterson said:

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So Dempster, did you let Ted know how you felt before he left? Or is this "You Don't Know What You've Got, Till It's Gone?"(always good to use a metal reference)

flyball said:

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thanks, now I have "Love the One You're With" stuck in my head, both of you are on my mean list for today

thisyearcub said:

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You love us both, FB.

flyball said:

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still on the list for today

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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"There's a rose in a fisted glove"... I bet that's Chip Caray's favorite song lyric

flyball said:

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wait, its an off day? this bites

gravedigger said:

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It seems like they have off days 3 or 4 times a week?

flyball said:

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it does doesn't it

although really since I'm not local the more games they make at night the fewer I get to listen to or watch

Cubs Psychologist said:

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They do have off days 3 or 4 times a week. Unfortunately, some of those days are actual game days.

Edelweiss said:

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With the Cubs, every day is an off day.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dempster went on to add, "It's comforts me to know that even though I know how very far apart we are, it helps to think that Ted and I might be wishing on the same bright star."

sloan peterson said:

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Great-now I have a picture of Dempster and Lilly walking off into the sunset to "Up Where We Belong."....

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Good one!! My new image is Dempster sitting in his locker singing "I Fall to Pieces."

sloan peterson said:

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What! Not "Hopelessly Devoted to You?"

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That comes after "All By Myself."

plamorte said:

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photoshopping....

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Work your magic!!!

plamorte said:

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pshopping the "Dempster and Lilly walking off into the sunset to "Up Where We Belong."...." one

Edelweiss said:

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Notice that Fontenot didn't get all teary when Theriot left. He finally gets some peace and quiet.

sloan peterson said:

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But that gives us time to debate important topics!

flyball said:

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I do love the vast number of soundtrack possibilities

although I see it as a montage of memories

Karen said:

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I'm picturing them as Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel in Jimmy's response to Sarah Silverman...with the short jean shorts, and their hands in each other's back pockets.

flyball said:

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someone tell me some happy news

I really feel that there should be a website that when you need something to make you smile you can go there and it will tell you some happy news, or a compliment or something, like the random fact generator that is no longer, but with flowers

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Some people would call those places "adult websites."

Umbra said:

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Try this. Never leaves me down.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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One of my favorite things I've heard in the last week during an immigration protest in front of the White House: "Hey Obama, don't deport my mama"

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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To round out today's theme, Marge just picked Homer over the French bowling instructor and Homer carried her out of the plant while "Love Lifts Us Up" played in the background.

Edelweiss said:

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How has Julie held up since her two very favorite Cubs have left her?

Edelweiss said:

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Wait......Now she can drool over Master Blake Chauncy DeWitt XIX, who looks like a taller version of Aaron Miles.

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